ARIA Research Wins 2023 Australian Technologies Competition

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05 October 2023

Following a five-month journey, the Australian Technologies Competition delivered by Scalare Partners gave successful entrants access to connect with investors, mentors, and industry experts, to ultimately help scale and grow their business. 

Selected semi-finalists received mentoring, intensive MasterClass sessions and networking opportunities while finalists had a chance to pitch their technology to a panel of judges and ultimately become an awards category winner!

The winners were then selected from a pool of 21 finalists across nine categories, making a very positive impression on the Judges, by showcasing commercial strength, tech ingenuity and global potential.

The Overall Winner of 2023 Australian Technology Company of the Year Award was ARIA ResearchThe Sydney based startup also took out the top spot in the MTPConnect-sponsored Medtech and Pharma Award Category.

ARIA delivers a sense of vision via sound to people who are blind. The company is developing the world-first non-invasive bionic vision system that enables life-changing agency and independence for 338 million people living with blindness and low vision.

ARIA's technology is Australian conceived, developed, and owned, with a roadmap to manufacture, clinical trial, and launch to NDIS participants within the next few years.

MTPConnect's granting programs BMTH and CTCM have previously awarded funding to ARIA Research to support development of the technology, and you can find out more about this groundbreaking innovation by listening to a recent episode #155 on the MTPConnect Podcast - 'ARIA Research on Diversity, Human Augmentation and Trialling Breakthrough Bionic Glasses'.

Robert Yearsley from ARIA Research receives two Awards at ATC2023

Another standout from the sector was Coviu, who won the Alumni Achievement Award (first winning back in 2021). 

Covui is an all-in-one virtual care engagement platform dedicated to measurement-based care providing integrated customisable forms and standardised assessments with automated scoring. With dynamic video consultations, group therapy rooms, phone telehealth capabilities, and over 50 clinical tools and assessments, you can assess patients seamlessly and get them the outcomes they want.

The Awards were presented at in Sydney late in September, and MTPConnect was represented by our Director Diagnostics Industry Engagement Dr Dharmica Mistry, Director Clinical Translation and Commercialisation Medtech Program
Danielle Shand and Director Targeted Translation Research Accelerator Program Dr Mana Liao.

Dr Dharmica Mistry who presented the Medtech and Pharma Award to ARIA Research co founder Robert Yearsley, is an alumni of the ATC, winning the Peoples’ Choice Award in 2017.

The Australian technology sector has enormous potential, and the 2023 Australian Technologies Competition Finals is playing a part in its continued growth and success.

Scalare Partners is an early-stage technology investor and business advisory firm focused on supporting early-stage technology companies who are preparing to disrupt globally to enable a smarter, cleaner, more connected future. Scalare Partners acquired the Australian Technologies Competition in February 2023.

MTPConnect's Dr Dharmica Mistry presented the Medtech and Pharma Award Category